The Filthy Pinko Ginger 2.0

Jane. 24. Harry Potter nerd, Anglophile, political junkie. I want to be Jessica Mitford when I grow up.

October 1, 2012 9:34 am
Photograph of Esmond and Giles Romilly taken in 1935 for the publication of Out of Bounds.

Photograph of Esmond and Giles Romilly taken in 1935 for the publication of Out of Bounds.

August 6, 2012 5:49 pm
"Not used to boys, I was wary of Giles and Esmond – but anyway, being six and four years older than I, they were in the group of “Big Ones,” so I did not have a great deal to do with them. Inasmuch as I did, I greatly preferred Esmond to his elder brother: Esmond was brusque and noisy (and of course treated me with disdain), but was usually quite kind, in a rough sort of a way, and with his freckly face, snub nose, and fair hair he was infinitely preferable in my eyes to Giles, who had smooth, dark looks and was very standoffish and supercilious. I usually kept out of the way of both of them, but in the Easter holidays when I was about eight Esmond decided that I should learn to ride a bicycle: so one morning he took me down to the tennis court to teach me. He was an impatient instructor, and his method consisted of vigorous shoves accompanied by yells of: “Pedal! You idiot – pedal!” I was panic-stricken, and fell off several times – but I did learn to ride a bicycle. I never got a kind word, but I adored him despite his tyrannical ways."

Mary Soames, A Daughter’s Tale
July 2, 2012 9:49 am
"When I met Decca Mitford at Cousin Dorothy’s the other weekend we both more or less fell in love with each other… then we arranged that she should come to Spain as my secretary. I expect by the time you get this we’ll have been married in Spain, as of course we’ve been unofficially so since we left, and we’re intending to have three children.
Of course her family loathe the name etc. of me so I think if you ever meet Lady Redesdale you might perhaps pour some whitewash on me."

Esmond Romilly to Nellie Romilly, 1937
June 4, 2012 11:19 am

Staged shot for the Washington Post's 'Baby Blue Bloods in Hobohemia' series, Washington, autumn 1939

Staged shot for the Washington Post's 'Baby Blue Bloods in Hobohemia' series, Washington, autumn 1939

May 7, 2012 10:11 pm
"A boy was leaving the shop as my taxi drew up in Parton Street, a short, square, dirty figure with a square white face and sweaty hair. ‘I’m looking for Esmond Romilly,’ I said.
‘Yes?’
He was instantly, dramatically, on his guard, conspiratorial, prepared for violent aggression or ingenious deceit. I thrilled and trembled more hysterically than ever.
‘I’m Toynbee,’ I said, ‘Toynbee of Rugby.’
Esmond looked sharply up and down the short street, then opened the shop door and pushed me through it."

Philip Toynbee, Friends Apart